Hm, I’d say it’s been an accumulative process.
I didn’t get the idea to actually make my own planner until I saw Fran Meneses post about the process of making her own. After some googling, I found out that lots of folks had brilliant solutions about how to go about it. So, over a period of two months, I worked for about three hours, one day a week, on creating my first planner pages, researching systems, ordering the supplies I needed, and etc. I’m not counting my youtube binges in those numbers because yikes.
The pages I made are very utilitarian and I didn’t include dates on them, so they only took a couple of weekends to make. My personal deadline was January 1st, so whatever spreads I didn’t finish (basically, all of the monthly ones), I bought a few days before. Putting the actual planner together (or the first month, I should say) took maybe two hours? I don’t have a double-sided printer and I don’t have anything like InDesign, so I had to make sure my pages printed in order and turn them myself. Having done it once, I think it will take less time, but I’m still considering buying a cheap printer to make my life easier.
Now, I spend an hour or two every week drawing potential spreads to bring into Photoshop. I’m hoping to finish a project planning spread (inspired by Happy D on Youtube) for next month!
I should note that I like this kind of stuff to begin with, so none of it was painful for me to do. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with journalling after watching all the bujo/plan with me videos out there, but I think it’s best to start with the barebones and build your journal up according to your needs as you go. It’s also important to be kind to yourself. The coolest thing about journaling is seeing your own evolution, so my advice to anyone starting out a more structured system is to allow yourself to make mistakes, to miss days and all that.